1Forecast 2019: IT Pros Expect Staffing Increases, Higher Salaries
With skills gaps in cyber-security, infrastructure and artificial intelligence (AI) driving demand, far more organizations are likely to increase IT staffing next year as opposed to those expected to reduce their tech department headcount, according to a recent survey from Spiceworks. The “2019 State of IT” workplace report indicates that a majority of tech professionals anticipate getting a raise and/or promotion in 2019. And if they don’t, a significant number are ready to seek a new employer—especially if they can earn a higher salary while advancing their tech skills. An estimated 1,000 tech pros from North America and Europe took part in the research. The following slide show presents survey highlights, with charts provided courtesy of Spiceworks.
2Staffing Plans Yield Net Gain for 2019
3Organizations in Search of Cyber-Security Talent
4Demand for Security and AI Rising at Large Enterprises
There’s an even greater demand for cyber-security specialists within the largest enterprises (5,000 employees or more), as 57 percent of respondents at these companies indicate that they need more cyber-security workers. Artificial intelligence (AI) pros ranked second, as cited by 35 percent of respondents at the largest organizations.
5Bigger Employers Offer Bigger Paychecks
6Options Abound for IT Workers
7Employees Willing to Leave for Higher Salaries, Stronger Skills
8Job Changes Sought for More Tech Prioritization—but Less ‘Burnout’
9Outdated Infrastructure Creates Top Challenge
When asked about the greatest challenges that their IT department will likely face in 2019, 48 percent of respondents listed the need to keep infrastructure up to date. Forty-two cited the need to upgrade outdated software, while 41 percent listed the need to balance IT tasks and improvement projects.
10Tech Departments Struggle With Compliance Requirements
Regulatory compliance presents another top challenge, as cited by 33 percent of respondents. And security training/best practices enforcement—along with the need to persuade business leaders to prioritize IT—also ranked high, as cited by 29 percent.